Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor who alleged that he was the victim of a hate crime carried out by two Trump supporters, appears to have made the entire thing up.
It’s unconscionable that anyone would orchestrate such a sick, disturbing story. The guy should go to prison for an extremely long time.
But what’s odd in this new revelation of Smollett’s staged attack is how the media is walking back, saying that they didn’t rush to judgment. Instead, they are blaming it on “the celebrity press, activists and Democratic candidates.”
Vox's Liz Plank on "This is MAGA country" quote: "The people who were repeating that quote were not news outlets…It was repeated by, sure, people who maybe had good intentions of wanting to spread the story…We can't confuse celebrity tweets with the media and the press. pic.twitter.com/ayGHYmxYk8
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) February 17, 2019
CNN's Camerota on Smollett: "I was frankly surprised how many people jumped on board to side with Jussie Smollett."@brianstelter: "There was a rush to judgment, I think it was mostly in the celebrity press and among activists and among Twitter people." pic.twitter.com/IJ8oFIm9cT
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 18, 2019
However, what the media is portraying is not at all true.
does the Washington post count? it took 2 seconds to find this with Google. https://t.co/sX7yEPvgel
— Joel Jefferson (@jkbonku) February 18, 2019
The @JussieSmollett case shows the risks facing people of "multiple marginalized identities." The FBI recently reported a 5% increase in reported hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation bias and 16% increase in anti-black hate crimes. https://t.co/zdpRApGdxq #JussieSmollett
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 31, 2019
— Alisa Clamen (@alisamontreal) January 30, 2019
"I have so many words on my heart that I want to say, but the most important thing I can say is thank you so much, and that I’m OK," Jussie Smollett told the audience at his first public appearance since reporting a racist and homophobic assault. https://t.co/cwO9ax4h6v
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 3, 2019
#Chicago Police say @EmpireFOX Actor Jussie Smollett was attacked by two men. What followed? Racial and homophobic slurs, then a beating, then a rope around the neck… then a chemical dousing. Now, a possible hate crime investigation.
— Steve Patterson (@PattersonNBC) January 30, 2019
You own rag Vox uses TMZ as a source here, in their report that leads with the definitive: "Empire star Jussie Smollett was assaulted…". Tell us again it wasn't reported as truth and about rigorous journalism. What a liar you are. https://t.co/Hpv3WFg3Ej
— musological (@musological) February 17, 2019